Flower of the Day | Dandelion

Ahh…the lowly dandelion.

Unlike its more exotic counterparts, this prolific flower grows in many parts of the world. Perhaps its sheer abundance makes it less desirable, as we tend to gravitate towards more exclusive blooms. Have you ever received a bouquet of dandelions that weren’t handpicked for you by a child?

This probably explains why people are quick to kill them off with toxic chemicals, and it’s unfortunate that they do. Despite its humble position among flowers, the dandelion offers potential health benefits. One way is through drinking tea made from flowers, leaves, and roots. Here’s a recipe if you’re interested.

And who can’t appreciate an emerald green lawn or meadow brimming with these golden beauties? Who hasn’t picked one (post pollination) to blow the tiny seedlings into the air?

The lifecycle of a dandelion is short, typically 9 to 15 days, based on temperature and conditions. The short video below illustrates the stages.

I took the photo this past spring practicing the closeup method with my iPhone and was pleased with the outcome. It worked well for today’s Flower of the Day post challenge!

 

Flower of the Day Challenge | Daffodils

Cee’s Flower of the Day Photo Challenge 


Here’s a close up photo of some lovely white daffodils I found on an early spring walk. Notice the interloper hiding in the flower of the left.

There are 40 – 200 different daffodil species, subspecies, or variety of species, depending on what botanist you talk to. They are reliable perennials, which should return each year with additional blooms. Daffodils are a great choice for beginner gardeners and under good growing conditions should outlast you!

For more info check out The American Daffodil Society’s website. 

Flower of the Day Challenge | Mystery Flower

I’m joining Cee’s Flower of the Day Photo Challenge since I have some great shots on the camera roll.

I’m aware of the more popular ones: roses, sunflowers, lilies-of-the-valley, and a few others. However, my knowledge is limited. Therefore, I decided to identify the flower that I’m posting in an effort to learn about more types.

But, this one has me stumped. I spent some time searching online and couldn’t locate it. 

Can anyone help me out?